8. 2005 Adventure Touring Comparo

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In twenty-oh-five, adventure-touring was still coming of age. The players in this shootout (BMW R1200GS, Kawasaki KLR650, KTM Adventure, Suzuki V-Strom and Triumph Tiger) are still present, in one form or another, but they face an increasingly diverse range of competitive models from other manufacturers. As much as things change, however, they also remain the same. Our top two picks from nine years ago are also our top two picks from this year’s Best On-Off-Road / Adventure Motorcycle. Hint: It’s the BMW and KTM.

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